Chapel Hill: Opinion

August 5, 2014

Your letters, Aug. 6

On July 18, 21scouts and leaders from Troop 845 in Carrboro left the lazy days of summer behind to trek 200 miles in Nepal with Everest Base Camp as the ultimate destination.

Ride with me for safe housing

This summer, I am riding my bicycle 3,600 miles to raise money for a worthy cause – to help families have the security of owning a simple, decent home. But I need your help to make my trek a success.

I’m participating in the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure, which has raised more than $835,000 since 2008 to fight poverty housing. Proceeds from the ride go to the nonprofit Fuller Center for Housing, which works in partnership with families in the United States and 17 other countries to help them build or repair homes.

Poverty housing is a major issue in the world today. More than 1 billion people worldwide live in substandard housing and an additional 100 million are homeless. There is a huge need for decent homes all over the world, and even right in our own communities. That is why I have decided to try to help out this summer by participating on this ride and supporting the Fuller Center.

I am riding from Atlantic City, N.J., to Astoria, Ore., June 5-Aug. 10 while making seven stops along the way to help out at Fuller Center build sites. I would greatly appreciate your support as I raise funds during this challenging adventure. One hundred percent of the money I raise goes directly towards building homes. Visit fullercenter.donorpages.com/BikeAdventure/DaniSchenk/, to find my fundraising page and donate online.

The Fuller Center for Housing was founded in 2005 by Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda, as a continuation of the affordable housing ministry they started more than 40 years ago. The Fuller Center works in partnership with community groups in the building and repairing of homes. Homeowner partners have to work and pay for their homes through The Fuller Center’s “hand up, not a handout” philosophy. Families pay zero-percent interest, no-profit-made mortgage payments into a Fund for Humanity to help others become homeowners. Able-bodied homeowner s also are required to perform “sweat equity” in the building of their homes.

You can learn more about The Fuller Center and Bicycle Adventure at FullerCenter.org and on Facebook.

Every hardworking American family deserves the opportunity to own a simple, decent and safe home. Please join me in the effort to make that opportunity a reality!

Dani Schenk

Chapel Hill

A botched investigation

Regarding “Eve Carson’s mother says Durham police ‘grievously failed’ Mahato family ( bit.ly/1rM6zm8)

Durham cops and investigators are the ones to blame, fully and completely. They botched the investigation.

Based on the case they presented, I think that Lovette killed Mr. Mahato or had a part in the murder, but that’s not the standard. Beyond a reasonable doubt is.

At the time Mr. Mahato’s body was discovered, no one had any idea that the prime suspect and defendant in his case would subsequently be arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of Eve Carson. So while Lovette spends the rest of his life in jail, as well he should, that is no consolation for the Durham cops not obtaining a conviction in Mahato’s case. In fact, maybe Lovette didn’t pull the trigger into that pillow. Maybe the actual killer is still on the loose.

Speaking of, why hasn’t Durham arrested and charged anyone in Faith Hedgepeth’s murder? Please, let’s not forget her.

Mark Eastman

via newsobserver.com

Stand with Main Street

Listening to the debate around e-fairness, some people might have you believe that updating our sales tax laws is too complicated a challenge for our lawmakers.

I’m referring to the outdated laws that allow online-only retailers to avoid collecting sales taxes.

For me, the issue is as simple as this: all retailers should play by the same tax rules whether they do business online or out of a storefront, or both. Any other scenario is simply Congress giving an unfair advantage to one type of retailer over another.

That unfair advantage doesn't just hurt our local businesses; it costs all of us by hurting local jobs and draining economic activity out of our communities. I stand with Main Street, and I am in full support of passing e-fairness legislation that removes the unfair advantage currently being given to online retailers. It's giving them a government-sponsored leg up, and it's wrong.

We must update our laws to reflect the realities of the 21st century. In the early 1990s, no one could have envisioned how the Internet would change how we do business. We’ve come a long way in the last two decades, but our tax code hasn't caught up yet. Surely we can figure out how to efficiently level the playing field so that all businesses are held to the same set of standards.

Its simple common sense: Congress needs to move forward in passing e-fairness legislation without any further delay.

Pat Howlett

Franklinton, NC

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